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Is it just me or……..

…….are artichokes the most daunting thing ever?  Where did they come from anyway? It’s like some little green martian accidentally dropped one out of his backpack whilst here scoping the earth as a potential new colony for his martian people (meople?).

And actually, the martians use them as war missiles but us crazy humans saw them growing everywhere and thought eating them would be a great idea.  Meanwhile, the little green people are looking down at this funny little planet with its strange inhabitants that are inexplicably making dip out of their weapons.




And I’m surely not the only one who collapses into fits of giggles every-time that meerkat ad airs.  Seriously? I barely even know what they are advertising since I’m usually rolling on the floor by the time they get to the point.

Oh and I can’t be alone in thinking that celebrity is no excuse to try out ludicrous names on your children.  Is anyone else waiting for poor little North West’s parents to announce that it was all just a silly joke and that they actually named her Jane?

Please tell me it’s not just me?


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Also, is anyone else completely in awe that if you whip egg whites long enough and fast enough, they transform into snowy peaks?  The science geek in me is secretly excited every time this happens…..the denaturing of proteins to turn slimy egg whites into glorious edible snow.

And furthermore, you can sweeten and flavour this almost solid white froth and bake it to crispy-chewy mounds.  Mounds that you can top with cream, syrup, fruit or whatever you fancy and call it dessert!


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Oh yes, the theme of this month’s Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, hosted by Claire K Creations, was Meringue Madness so I just had to try my hand at fructose-free meringues.  I replaced caster sugar with dextrose and although they bled a bit, this didn’t seem to affect them in the end and they were pretty darn good.  You could flavour these with whatever essence takes your fancy (I intend to try rosewater next time) and top them just about anything.  I went with this fructose-free lemon curd, some cream and some lovely fresh blueberries.


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Fructose-free Meringues

Makes 6

Modified from Donna Hay Magazine


4 egg whites
1 cup dextrose powder
1 tsp white vinegar


Preheat the oven to 120 C.

Beat egg whites initially on low speed, then on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Drizzle in vinegar and any flavouring, and sprinkle in dextrose bit  by bit, beating briefly with each addition.  Beat until sugar is completely incorporated.

Line a baking tray with baking paper or a silicone mat and grease lightly.  Dollop large scoops of the mixture onto the tray and flatten out slightly.  Bake on the middle shelf for 40 minutes, then turn off the oven and leave them in there to cool for an hour or so.

Top with whatever you like and serve.

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Written by Deepa

Comments (20 comments)

  • My Kitchen Stories
    October 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

    Love your ramblings and also just love those Meercats….what are they advertising any ways?. Who thought up beating egg whites any way?. I have no intention of giving up any sugar at all, but I still think your meringues look great

    • October 7, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you! Who knows what they are advertising….all I know is everytime I hear that jingle I get the giggles.

  • September 21, 2013 at 8:55 am

    North West is a girl? HAHAHA, I thought it was a boys name, strange one at that.

    • September 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

      Haha……and thats just one of the awkward mistakes she will have to correct for the rest of her life!

  • September 19, 2013 at 12:33 am

    This is great – We get a whole bunch of special diets at work, and I’m still learning how to cater for them all. Thanks!

    • September 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks Mary!

  • September 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I burst out into laughter every time that meerkat says ‘don’t even sound same’ – hysterical. Really interesting using dextrose!

    • September 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      That’s my fave bit too!!

  • September 18, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Ooo I love the idea of rosewater meringues, and I am intrigued by this dextrose you used! Does it make it significantly less sweetener than using normal sugar?

    • September 19, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Swah. Yes, it does make it a little less sweet as dextrose is naturally less sweet than sucrose.

  • September 16, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    I love a good crazy baby name and, lets face it, Kimye were never going to pick a ‘normal’ name for their little one.

    These are some great looking meringues, what is dextrose powder and is it easy to come by?

    • September 18, 2013 at 4:41 am

      Haha…fair point!
      Dextrose is pure glucose and doesn’t have the addictive quality of table sugar which is fructose + glucose. I get mine at Big W in the home brewing section.

  • September 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I must say that as odd as North West is, I do kind of like Apple….

    • September 17, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Ok, that one is kinda cute! BTW I keep meaning to tell you that Maya has always been my favourite name!

  • September 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    It’s like who was the first guy who saw a cow and was like – “I’m going to drink whatever comes out of that beast.” haha
    Great styling!

    • September 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

      Good one! Humans are a bizarre race. And thanks:-)

  • Claire @ Claire K Creations
    September 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

    I totally agree with you on the celebrity kid names and the wonders of whipping egg whites! What a delicious dessert. Thanks for join the hop.

    • September 16, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Thanks for hosting Claire! The hop is always good fun.

  • September 16, 2013 at 2:57 am

    Ha! “So what do you make of all my babble?” Good that you recognize your randomness. :)
    It works though.
    And your photography is stunning. Is that your work?
    I’m not sure why, but I first read the title of your blog as One Small Spot.

    • September 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

      Yup, all my work. And you are not the first to make that mistake with the name.
      What is life without some randomness?
      Oh and thanks :-)

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